Cliffside Lake Recreational Area

Highlands, NC
  • 13908 Highlands Road Highlands NC, 28741
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Located in the Nantahala National Forest just a short distance from Highlands off of 106, Cliffside is perfect for a day or afternoon trip.  With camping offered close by at Vanhook Glade Campground, overnight or extended stays are also possible. At the heart of the recreational area lies Cliffside Lake.  This small lake is hatchery supported and stocked with trout.  It’s open for fishing year-round with the exception of March, as that is the time of year it is stocked with fish. As with most locations, a valid North Carolina fishing license is required while fishing at the lake. Access to fishing can be found at a variety of spots including a fishing dock, and all are made easily accessible by a loop trail that runs the entire circumference of the lake.  


Whether you want to tackle a mountain or sit by a stream, you’ll find just what you’re looking for here. This is a premier golf destination, but there’s so much more available. There are streams to fish, public pools and tennis courts to enjoy and playgrounds, too. Winter sports include ice skating, skiing, tubing and hiking.


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